Using my sony bravia tv as a second monitor

nikka 1984 - Jun 26, 2009 at 01:16 PM
 Sho - Nov 30, 2014 at 04:25 AM
every time I try to hook up my hp laptop to my sony bravia tv it says invalid format see it when the computer boots up but then goes blank how do I change the format

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I have a Bravia KDL-40W3000, which is almost 2 years old, & I've been able to use it as a full HD (1920x1080) monitor on my Dell Inspiron laptop via a VGA cable. It was tricky to get it set up, though, and the 1st VGA cable I tried did not have a full complement of pins and didn't work. Once I got it set up, every time I connect the laptop it defaults to the full HD resolution. Check which resolutions the video card in your HP can support.
Kent, I am using a Sony Bravia as well as an Inspiron laptop, I am having difficulty getting my TV to recognize the PC. I have connected the PC to the TV via VGA cable and have also connected an audio cable from the PC to the laptop. ANy suggestions on getting it settup? You mentioned that was the difficult part; I am experiencing a similar trend. Any help is appreciated.

I was having the same problem you are having. I have an Inspiron E1505 laptop and a KDL-46v5100 Sony Bravia TV. I tried using a SVGA cable, but received a "No signal" in TV input. The PC input was greyed out, so I could not select it.
Here is how I fixed the problem while chatting with a Sony customer service rep who did not know how to fix the problem:

- First - Press the menu button on the remote or the side of the TV
- Scroll down to Channel on the left side.
- Select "Manage Inputs" from this menu.
- Scroll down to PC and select it.
- Select "Enable"
- Select Menu (PC should now be enabled)
- Use the Personalize Menu in Windows Vista. The max pixels you can have 1280x780 or else you get error message.
- I have a NVidia graphics card and I have to enable the clone of the computer to have it show up on the TV. I would check to see what video card you have and you may have to do the same thing.

I hope this helps It worked for me.

Thank you so much dummy! Only solution on web I found that worked!
meatofthedead > Dummy
Jan 26, 2010 at 12:02 PM
Thank you--great advice. Followed this with dvi to hdmi set up.
pmmacc > Dummy
Feb 3, 2010 at 09:57 AM
We just got the TV but ours doesn't list selecting inputs under the channel selection. Have they change the TV or am I missing something?
Correction : 1024 x 768 pixels.
It works - thanks loads. Hmm, that is one BIIIG monitor..!
Cheers :)
I am about to do the same thing...Did you use a VGA to connect the two? How does that compare to S Video in terms of graphics?
That worked for me as well... had the same VGA hook-up promblem is that when I hit F8 keys to switch monitor I cant seem to get the notebook and TV on with icons at the same time.
I just tried it and mine does not work. Im using Windows Vista and a dell XPS so, do you know anything else that could help? oh and by the way. Im still getting the Invalid format at the bottom right
If the TV or Monitor is saying Invalid Format then it is receiving a signal, but it's not the right resolution. To change the resolution, go to your control Panel> then go to Display> go to the settings tab in Display> then choose the lowest resolution. You should be able to get a signal using the lowest resolution. Once you are able to get a signal you can try choosing higher resolutions until you get the invalid format again. The resolution that you choose before you get the "Invalid Format" message is the highest that your TV or Monitor can use. I Hope this helps.

If you are using a laptop and you are not getting a signal at all, it's because you have not commaded your computer to use multiple moitors or a monitor other than your laptop screen. To do this, there should be a "Fn" button somewhere on your keyboard (mine is on the bottom left corner). "Fn" combined with the button that switches monitors (usually "F4") should transfer your screen to the additional monitor. Good luck.
why does my tv show Invalid Format when I use vga split to display my desktop and TV at same time?
you need to change the resolution on ur computer I had the same problem then tried to change the resolution and it worked. My Sony won't accept a resolution over 10204 x 768 pixels. hope that helps ya
thanks mel it worked perfectly
THanks Mell, great post!!! IT really helped me, I only have to buy wires for audio and thats it ! a big computer screen :))))))
hey, I have tried looking in the manual and everything but changing the resolution. can u tell me to do this plz as soon as possible.
its a computer setting, not the tv setting. go to control panel, display, and you should be able to go from there.
i am trying all the seggestions and nothing works. PLease help

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just lower the resolution on your control panel in the display section , that should help ya
Can I watch TV and use my laptop at the same time once I hook the cable
If your tv supports p<p you can.
i hook my hp laptop up to my sony bravia lcd tv all the time. you most likely need to right click your laptop home screen and click on resolution and you will see waht to do. you can tell it to show on both screens or just show on one. hope that helps